Primary producers affected by last year's Riverland freak hailstorm have less than a week to apply for a recovery assistance grant of up to $10 000.
Applications close on Friday 9 June for the Riverland Hailstorm Recovery Grants.
This assistance program is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and South Australian governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
Quotes attributable to Will Zacharin, Executive Director of Biosecurity SA
We're encouraging primary producers who sustained hailstorm damage on 11 November to get their application in as soon as possible with details of their clean-up costs.
Up to $10 000 per grant is available to reimburse clean-up and re-establishment costs. This could make a huge difference in sustaining a commercial operation after such a freak weather event.
So far we've received 72 applications, with numerous enquiries to our office in Loxton. I'd expect to see many more come in as the deadline approaches on Friday.
Some of the more commonly funded activities the reimbursement grants can be used for include:
- Clean-up costs such as hire of equipment and extra external labour costs.
- Removal and disposal of debris, damaged goods (including activities associated with the appropriate disposal of fallen and damaged fruit).
- Repairs to structures (e.g. plastic houses, sheds, etc).
- Repair of equipment (e.g. irrigation systems, pumps, etc).
- Agronomic crop advice to assist in the return to full production.
PIRSA staff at the Storm Recovery Centre, at the Loxton Research Centre, 1801 Bookpurnong Road, are available to help with the application process.
More details are available at www.pir.sa.gov.au/riverlandhailstormgrants or by calling (08) 8595 9100.